Everybody’s got their own idea of what is the perfect bagger and what they’d do to theirs if they can ever get it paid off. New bigger wheels (preferably at least waist high), bigger and longer bags, bigger and longer fenders, bigger audio setup, bigger, bigger, just everything bigger seems to be the custom bagger mantra. That’s all well and good, but I kinda like the approach to custom READ MORE >>>
When I first saw the photo of Cameron Jurow standing next to one more of the unbelievable baggers he’s built at his shop, Camtech Custom Baggers in Summerville, South Carolina, I wondered why he wasn’t grinning like a shot fox. Yeah he could be photo shy like most people or maybe he felt a little silly posing in public or whatever. But, with his constant and consistent Harley bagger builds successfully READ MORE >>>
There’s quite a bit of legend and probably more than a fair share of lies about how an albatross became a bad luck thing. You ever hear the really old saying “He’s got an albatross around his neck” or some version of that? Well an albatross is a stupidly large version (up to 12-feet of wingspan) of a seagull (my interpretation anyway) that was a protected species (kinda) way, way back in READ MORE >>>
And, if you don’t believe this bagger is the King of Bling, there’s proof written on the bike at least seven times. There’s a point be made here by our mystery owner and I’m not bothering to dispute it. It says “King of Bling” seven times and whoever built this built this to be the bling king. And, if it’s on the Internet it must be true.
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And now, direct from your local MSF rider course, is something that a lot of you have in your background but are afraid to admit it. Nope, it’s not a Buell Blast or anything closely related to anything Harley-Davidson, it’s a re-imagined Honda Rebel 250 of all things. But, someone has taken one of the early drum brake models that was more of a bad parody of a Harley cruiser and turned it into READ MORE >>>
You gotta give a guy a lot of credit when after about one minute of seeing him, you know he’s an honest dude who’s living life by his own rules and is probably a pretty nice guy at the same time. I realize this is a rush to judgment when you haven’t actually met or spoken to the guy, but some people just have a way of immediately letting you know what and a bit of who they are. Jim Moran is READ MORE >>>
There are easier ways to get rid of a paint color you’re not crazy about than crashing a bike, but sometimes it just happens that way. As long as everybody comes out in one piece, it could be considered a good opportunity to change not only the color, but a whole lot more damaged parts as well. Carlos Benito of Plantation, Florida, had a color changing experience after an accident on his 2000 Harley READ MORE >>>
When somebody mentions “custom Panhead” the first image that comes to mind is retro chopper with all the fixings like a chrome springer, peanut tank, apes, sissy bar, extrovert exhaust, and a dazzling paintjob involving many different techniques before the final pinstripe is laid on. But that’s all in the extremely recent past after I took a peek through the Jack Cofano-supplied photo gallery READ MORE >>>
Welcome to one more chapter of Barnett’s Magazine Online’s version of Jeopardy with the category “Unknown owner of motorcycle.” and the answer is “Homebuilt Norton Chopper Photographed At The Recent Sm*ke O*t By Jack Cofano.” As far as the Jeopardy style question/answer to win this category, sorry, we don’t have the slightest idea how this goes. But, we also don’t care about winning READ MORE >>>
On the Friday of Monterey Car Week, The Quail Resort held their annual A Motorsports Gathering, a tribute to all two-, three- and four- wheeled vehicles that deserved to be honored at this very exclusive upscale event. I feel extremely privileged to have been selected to photograph it three years running.
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It’s poetry in motion . . . I can hear machinery, blinding me with science - — science! Thomas Dolby’s 1983 hit She Blinded Me With Science comes to mind when talking with Jason Nieman of Speed and Custom Cycles, in Plover, Wisconsin. I picture his shop to be filled with wired gizmos and Bunsen burners heating test tubes that bubble over with orange smoke. He’s bright and brainy enough to be READ MORE >>>
Bagger Week continues with another twist to the custom bagger recipe courtesy of Camtech Custom Baggers in lovely Summerville, South Carolina. Camtech’s owner, Cameron Jurow, and the rest of the Camtech crew have a love for customizing baggers that’s right at the cliff’s edge of total obsession. Yeah, obsessive to the point of being crazy like a fox in a market wanting over-the-top baggers regardless READ MORE >>>
Mecum Auctions is probably the busiest vehicle auction house in the United States, if not the world. They almost have an auction somewhere every week including a few that have featured motorcycles. Motorcycle classes are disappearing from Monterey's August events. The Quail Gathering still has a major tribute to motorcycles. Some antique motorcycle authority needs to touch base with the Concourses READ MORE >>>
Say you’re a former CART, ChampCar, and Indy car racer who got his thrills on the other side of 200mph and now with hat behind you what do you do for excitement? If you’re Paul Tracy, the talented and controversial bad boy of open wheel racers, you do the most logical thing you could after climbing out of a cockpit for the last time ─ start a business making extreme custom baggers.
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The unbelievable skills and craftsmanship of today’s builders sure makes building a retro-inspired (I’m tired of saying Old School) chop hard to pull off. Not that they don’t understand or try capture the authentic feel of a vintage chopper by using all the right stuff, they just can’t do it the way it once was done by most builders. They’re just too damn good. With all the knowledge READ MORE >>>